Power Through Partnerships: How Organizations Lead Together

Join the U.S. Business Women's Network and The Edge for our Annual Women's Day Luncheon in partnership with The Women of AT&T. On this occasion we are celebrating the history of women in business in our country by focusing on the "Power of Partnerships: How Organizations Lead Together."  We will highlight the partnership of  Black Girls Golf's CEO and Founder, Tiffany Fitzgerald and Allison Fillmore Executive Director of PGA TOUR.

We will be transformed with a powerful heart-felt message from the President of USBWN, Dr. Felicia Phillips. A advocate of women business owners, a master business coach and Founder of The Black Belt Business Academy and MogulCon. Felicia is an award winning entrepreneur of 29 years, a wife and mother.  Dr. Phillips has been featured in Huffington Post, BET, Centric TV, Rolling Out, Sheen and UpScale Magazine to name a few.

This year's honoree of the Thomas & Barbara Hughes Award is Rose Battle, owner of Ultimate Model Management Inc.  Ultimate Model Management Inc. has been recognized as one of the top African American women owned businesses in Georgia. UMMI has also been branded as the preferred provider of professional models for awards ceremonies, including The LACE AWARDS, The Diamond Awards, and The Coca-Cola Awards.
This event is not one to miss! Enjoy a 3-course luncheon while engaging and connecting with Atlanta's top businesswomen.

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The Thomas and Barbara Hughes Impact Award
The Thomas and Barbara Hughes Impact Award is given in honor of an entrepreneur that has demonstrated perseverance, longevity and philanthropy in the community their business serves.
This award was established in February 2019 for the generous support of  The Edge programming by Thomas & Barbara Hughes.  From 2010-2018 the Hughes have financially supported The Edge business development training and Women's Business Center program which serves 300-400 new potential entrepreneurs each year.
Rose Battle
Rose Battle has always had a deep enthusiasm for modeling. After moving to Atlanta with her husband, Alvis, Rose independently landed jobs with many major brands.
Just as her modeling career was beginning, it was abruptly cut short when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. While caring for her mother at a nursing home, she became inspired to create fashion shows for the patients and their families, bringing together two of Rose's passions – fashion and family.
When Rose was able to rejoin the modeling industry, she relied on the strong relationships she had built over the years and became a modeling agent. With the knowledge she gained and wanting to leave a legacy for her children, Naja and Aldrick, she began her own agency in 2006.
In 2011 Rose enrolled in The Edge program and received business coaching services including assistance with access to capital. Through assistance from the Edge Rose landed a contract with Macy's and a loan to increase her marketing efforts for her business.
Ultimate Model Management Inc. has been recognized as one of the top African American women owned businesses in Georgia. UMMI has also been branded as the preferred provider of professional models for awards ceremonies, including The LACE AWARDS, The Diamond Awards, and The Coca-Cola Awards.
Rose hosts a Model Boot Camp at C.A.U.S.E. of Elegance at least twice a month, which trains young girls and women of all ages about the modeling industry and how to pursue a career in modeling.
For her tenacity and generous spirit, The Edge is honored to award the 2019 and first Thomas and Barbara Hughes Impact Award to Rose Battle.
Rachel Davis

With over 22 years' experience and involvement in the small business start-up industry, Rachel Davis is the Executive Director of The Edge a nonprofit entrepreneurial training center and women's business center which assists individuals aspiring to launch, grow, or sustain a business. In 2018 Rachel expanded the Edge services by launching The Edge Collective, a community of 4,000 plus entrepreneurs.

Rachel excels in working collaboratively with all kinds of business people, predominantly small business owners in Georgia. Herextensive career trajectory showcases a tremendous measure of leadership roles, giving her a unique and comprehensive skill set.

Over the years, she has gained firsthand knowledge of the business world, with an understanding of how important it is for these entrepreneurs have to support each other and have confidence in what they do. Rachel continues to advocate and inspire small business owners. In 2016 she was named Women in Business Champion of the year by the US Small Business Administration Georgia District Office. She leads a dynamic team of professionals who strive to help these entrepreneurs achieve success through micro and small business development. With a proven statistic of over 92% small businesses in the United States, they propel these individuals to be the true job creators and innovators that they are.

​​​​​​​A dedicated professional, Rachel is a firm believer in giving back to the community, teamwork, and sharing ideas. Rachel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Economics from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Cindy Milligan

Dr. Cindy Milligan is an educator, entrepreneur and Director of The Edge Women’s Business Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is the Creator and Dean of The Academies Of The Edge, an online learning portal for entrepreneurs. Dr. Milligan is a communication and media consultant for programs in voice, entrepreneurship and leadership.

For more than 28 years, Dr. Milligan was a television and radio journalist. Her experience in broadcasting and media opened the door for her to work with a variety of businesses in different industries. In 2013, she founded the Milligan Vocal Arts Institute and expanded her coaching practice to help those who use their voices creatively and professionally. Today Dr. Milligan works with entrepreneurs and business owners helping them through some of the communication challenges they face when presenting, pitching and growing their businesses.  Her love of education, technology and entrepreneurship allows her to support founders in a way that gives them a strong, confident foundation for communicating their businesses successfully and profitably.

​​​​​​​Dr. Cindy earned a PhD in Communication from Georgia State University specializing in voice and film. She created a theory called Sonic Vocality, which explains how actors use their voices to create characters. She has presented her published research on the voice in performance at conferences internationally. She is also a member of the Media and Entertainment faculty at Kennesaw State University.  Dr. Milligan also earned a Masters in International Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Accounting from Purdue University.

Dr. Felicia Phillips

Dr. Felicia Phillips, is a Master Business Strategist and President of The U.S. Business Women's Network (formerly The PINKpreneur Network).  Her award-winning Agency PPICW, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. PPICW is focused on helping diverse business owners grow sustainable businesses and assisting corporations with their supplier diversity initiatives through strategic planning, training and development.

Felicia is a 29 year serial entrepreneur, a member of The Forbes Coaches Council and has been featured in Upscale Magazine, The Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Rolling Out Magazine, CBS Better Mornings, BET, TLC, Centric TV and many other media outlets. Felicia has had the pleasure of working with Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta's Entrepreneurship Center, City of Atlanta, Delta Air Lines, IKEA, The Small Business Administration and many other organizations.
Dr. Phillips received The Phoenix Award from former City of Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, the 2015 Connector Award, the 2016 InfluenceHer Award, Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council's 2018 Class I Supplier of The Year and Felicia has also been recognized in Who's Who in Black Atlanta.
As a wife, mother and  Influencer, Felicia understands the difficult balance women face and is committed to helping them birth their visions and become profitable business owners while being unstoppable.
Special Guest Speaker
Tiffany Fitzgerald

Tiffany Fitzgerald is a skilled entrepreneur who bootstrapped her way to becoming an industry influencer. She’s on a mission to get more African American women and girls on the golf course and working in the golf industry. Having spent more than 20 years in Corporate America, 10 of those years in government affairs and PR, Tiffany understood the role golf played in building successful, professional relationships. She also noticed the absence of African American women on the golf course.

In 2013 she founded Black Girls Golf, an organization that provides access to affordable golf instruction, golf information and community for women who are interested in learning, practicing, and playing golf. Tiffany has grown Black Girls Golf to a community of more than 3,000 members in 38 states and 9 countries, the largest golf community in the United States for African American women and girls.

Black Girls Golf has also gained the respect of the industry with features on Golf Channel, PGA TOUR and Women’s Golf Journal. Tiffany’s work has helped the golf industry take notice of the benefits of diversity and inclusion by introducing more than 1,000 women to the game via Black Girls Golf hands-on clinics, golf outings and networking events.

Tiffany has also been featured in Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, African American Golfer’s Digest. She has worked with Topgolf and appeared on the Harry Show with host Harry Connick Jr. The also works with Employee Resource Groups to help women leverage golf to be more visible in their organizations.

Tiffany is a native of Oakland, CA; an alumna of Grambling State University; the mother of three children; and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Power Through Partnerships 
​​​​​​​Women's  Day Luncheon 2019
Power Through Partnerships: How Organizations Lead Better Together
LOCATION: AT&T Headquarters, 1025 Lenox Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319

DATE: March 22, 2019

TIME: 11:30am

​​​​​​​FEE: $30
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